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in the u.s. completing the journey from russia. the plane landed moments ago at dulles international airport in the washington area. their return completes the spy swap with echoes of the cold war that also sent ten russian agents who have been living here in the u.s. back to moscow. for a look at how it all went down today, here is correspondent david lee miller in new york. >> reporter: less than two weeks after they were arrested, ten convicted russian spies are now in moscow. without any fanfare, their plane touched down at one of the city's airports. for most on board, including anna chapman, it was a return home. but for vicky, polalles, likely to be a stop on her way to native peru. all expelled from the u.s. after pleading guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to act as foreign agent. in exchange for their release, russia set free four prisoner, three former kgb about and arms controlled researcher. four russian prisoners with flown to air force base in england where two of the russians were dropped off before the plane headed back to the u.s. a russian analyst said it was
the united states and russia. stand by. the defense secretary reveals his choice to be the new head of the u.s. military's central command. it's a u.s. marine general who once said it's fun to shoot some people. this hour the pentagon's problem. military brass with loose lips, and republican party chairman michael steele insists he's 100% behind the u.s. troops, but is that enough to satisfy conservatives who say it's past time for him to go. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> well, let's begin with the breaking news right now. all ten russian suspects appearing in a new york court pleaded guilty just a little while ago in connection with the stunning spy case, and now after days of speculation about a possible spy swap between the united states and russia, we've learned how the exchange is about to play out. let's bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty. she's got new information just coming in. jill, tell us what you know. >> reporter: right. wolf, this is -- we just got this. it's from the u.s. justice department, and this is a letter from the justice depa
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situation room." happening now. iran says he was kidnapped by the united states. the u.s. calls that claim preposterous. what's the real story behind the iranian scientist's now turned up at the pakistani embassy. >>> the legendary owner of the new york yankees, george steinbrenner. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> at some point perhaps in the next hour we could see the beginning of the end of that big dark gush over oil that's been tainting the gulf of mexico for 85 days. we're standing by for testing to begin on the new cap bp placed on its ruptured wellhead. over the course of those tests we should learn if the leak is sealed and the oil is stopped. even if that happens, there should still be plenty of oil left in the gulf to clean up. we've been getting an exclusive look at one of the most high-tech weapons to take care of the spill. ines, tell us what you're been discover. >> reporter: over the past few weeks they've been flying overhead to see where the oil was. they were doing it with technology that wasn't intended for this purpose and we've been able to get ex
of defense has been concerned for more than a year about the problems that the u.s. has been having in cyberspace, both on dod networks, but also on critical infrastructure, and there's a real fear that some of our foreign opponents had the ability to make attack us through this, to hurt dod and so there's a real interest in making dod better able to operate in cyberspace and this is one of the initiatives that the department is making to do that. >> reporter: u.s. intelligent officials are getting more and more concerned that chinese and russian operatives are surveilling computer systems that control places like this, power plants and other key parts of america's infrastructure. contacted by cnn, an official at the chinese embassy in washington called that notion ridiculous, unwarranted and said in a statement, we want to see no more of such allegations of china targeting u.s. infrastructure through the internet. the nsa's mere involvement is creating dispute. "the wall street journal" which first reported this story says in order to detect possible cyber attacks, the nsa would re
and this will go down to the wire. most powerful democrat in the u.s. senate has a lot to worry about in the next hundred days. >> gregg: all right. carl cameron, carl, stay with us it's a little tricky. >> blackjack, actually. >> gregg: we're streaming nevada events. check it out at 10:00 brian wilson will host a one hour special from america's election headquarters, bringing you al franken bringing closing remarks at the event. >> a political show down in the nation's capitol. president obama and gop taking shots at one another, criticizing jock creation proposals. molly henneberg is live from d.c. with the details. molly, i understand the president says the u.s. is finally headed in the right direction with the economy so we ask, what specifically did he mean? >> well he named or he listed a couple of things that his administration has done, to quote, get us out of this recession including new regulations on the financial industry, more money for the clean energy sector and tax cuts for working families. he criticized john boehner saying gop wants to repeal the health care law and keep tax cut
for the u.s. the whole exchange happened on an airport tarmac in vienna, austr austria. one plane headed east and the other headed west. matthew chance is in moscow with the latest. >> reporter: that's right. the biggest spy swap since the end of the cold war has taken place on the tarmac of the airports in the austrian capital of view any. the plane carrying the ten confessed spies from the united states, confessed to working for russia. landed at the airport a short time ago. couple of hours ago now. it was followed quickly afterwards by an official aircraft from russia which was carrying four people pardoned by russian serving the lengthy prison sentences in russian jails for spying for western powers, including the united states. the exchange took place on the tarmac which men none of the -- people actually entered the country of austria. the one plane carrying the four from russia has taken off and landed, we understand, now from the united kingdom. the other aircraft carrying the ten russians arraigned in new york is still on its way back to the russian capital. >> this was all par
portable heat-seeking missiles against u.s. aircraft. secret commando units are working off a capture kill list of 70 insurgent commanders. julian is defending the move. >> the material doesn't reveal just cases by the u.s. military. of course, as the u.s. military is reporting on all the abuses by the taliban and suicide bombers and ieds going off and so on, so it does describe the abuses by both sides in this war. and that's how people can really understand what is actually going on and whether they choose to support it or not. >> joining me now from london, our senior national correspondent nick robertson and rezla sayid. nick, we'll start with you. does this compromise the security of our allies as members of the white house have clearly said? >> it certainly is going to have some sources looking at what they are saying, who they are saying it to and what are the consequences if they get caught as a result of these types of leaks in the future. if you are compromising your sources, then you are compromising your source. is anyone going to die as a result of this? well, the site that ha
they handed out huge bonuses and with citigroup being the biggest offenders since they haven't paid the u.s. taxpayer back, but the pay master may be leaving out one big important piece of information, that according to fox business network's stuart varney. everybody gets very riled up about this. there's a lot to understand here, though, and i know you want to lay out some of that for us. >> number one, the pay czar, he cannot claw back the money. he can ask for it back. does not have the legal authority to take it back. point number two, 11 of the 17 banks which paid these bonuses actually repaid all of the bailout money in full with interest and with profit to the taxpayer. he did not call them obscene or huge bonuses, he called them ill advised and unmerited, and some of these bonuses may have had to have been paid because of the contractual obligations to the executives involved. number ', you're right, citi may well have been the biggest offender because of one big particular earning trader. number four, are we absolutely sure that this is not a political attack on the banking industr
underway for two u.s. service members missing in afghanistan. a live report coming up. and celebrating the scouts right here on the national mall in washington. 100 years of boy scouting. that calls for a big parade. we will take you there. i'm shannon bream. america's news headquarters live in the nation's capital starts right now. >> shannon: at this hour invincible spirit underway. joint military exercises are meant as a show strength as tensions boil between north korea and the south. greg palkot is on board the uss george washington. he joins us on the phone with the very latest. greg? >> hey, shannon. we wrapped up a very busy day. you know they call it a defensive operation. we certainly saw a lot of offensive muscle being flexed. it is a large scale maneuver, 20 ships involved, including the one we are on, a huge nucleared powered aircraft carrier u.s.s. george washington. 200 aircraft including f-22 and f-18s we have been seeing fly off the dock of this aircraft carrier all day. 8,000 service members involved. u.s. south korean 5500 on this aircraft carrier. all in response, a
right. mike viqueira on the white house lawn, thanks very much. >>> new reports of just how much the u.s. paid that iranian scientist for secrets of iran's nuclear program. jim miklaszewski joins us from the pentagon. mick, the numbers are staggering. the cia paid $5 million and one report said offered him $50 million to not return to iran. do we know how true the report is? >> reporter: the claim from the iranian nuclear scientist himself and no basis to that fact but u.s. officials confirm that the cia paid this nuclear scientist $5 million after the scientist defected to the united states but he's now returning to teheran. good news here according to u.s. officials is this person cannot get the hands on that money. he returned to teheran overnight a hero's welcome and reunion with his wife and son who may have been in danger back there in iran but the money is in frozen accounts controlled by the u.s. government for the time being. one of the big questions here, chuck, is once sanctions if they're ever lifted on iran would he then have the ability to get at that $5 million? but there'
each other about a ra barack and david. >> the u.s. has no stronger partner than great britain. >> reporter: but the bp oil leak in the gulf coast test thad alliance. oil giant british petroleum continues to wreak of havoc. >> i completely understand the anger that exists. the oil spill a catastrophe. >> reporter: and growing controversy whether bp had the role in a release of ali muhammad. >> releasing a mass murderer of 270 people, the largest act of terrorism ever committed in the united kingdom, was completely wrong. so in my view, neither should that killer have been given that luxury. that wasn't a decision taken by bp. it was taken by the scottish government. >> reporter: he was convicted in the 1988 pan am 103 bombing over lockerbie scotland that killed 270 people, mostly americans. the scottish government released him on compassionate grounds after doctors said he had terminal prostate cancer and just three months to live. president obama said that was a mistake, and cameron agreed. cameron said he would provide information for a u.s. congressional investigation but di
the u.s., off to vienna last night. moscow and washington moving quickly to swap spies and bring an end to an embarrassing mess. >>> the new king of south beach lebron james tells the world he is leaving cleveland for miami to play for the heat. while one city rejoices, the other mourns. we will have reaction just ahead sg. >> e-mails announcing the deaths of several u.s. senators went out to news organizations. they looked legit. it was all one big fat joke and not a funny one. now, the capital police are investigating that. the latest from our team in d.c. coming up. >>> the a.m. fix blog up and running. what's your announcement to the lebron james announcement or anything else in the news. go to cnn.com/a.m. fix. >>> the big story we have been talking about. ten convicted russian spies have touched down in vienna, austria. they were on a jet to laguardia after being expelled from the united states. the two superpowers showed how quickly governments can get things done when motivated working with lightning speed to put an embarrassing incident behind them. susan is here. what's the la
with the wars that are ongoing, and with the bad economy. those are people talking about him not being a u.s. citizen -- i believe this is the reason why the naacp was talking. people have forgotten that his mother was a white woman. [unintelligible] this is all about racism. there is nothing wrong with eric holder. i believe the president will rebound, it is doing a great job, has more to deal with than any previous president of this country. i believe he will do great. host: also in the paper this morning, when it is about race, it is probably about age too. newt gingrich will go bust week with an idea to deal with america. -- look up last week with an idea. he suggested they reach out to local chapters of the civil rights group and propose a series of joint town hall-style meetings around the country. he could be on to something if he means all americans old enough to remember when cigarettes were harmless and strom thurmond was a democrat. the tea party and the naacp represent this proportionally older memberships. herein lies a problem with some much of our discussion about race and pol
with at least two of the four people convicted of spying for the u.s. they were exchanged for ten confessed russian acts busted on u.s. -- agents busted on u.s. soil. >> reporter: less than two weeks after they were arrested ten convicted russian spies are now in moscow. without any fanfare, their plane touched down at one of the city's airports. for most of those on board, including anna chapman it was a return home but for a naturalized u.s. citizen, it is likely to only be -- to be only a stop on her native peru. in exchange for their release, russia set free four prisoners, three former kgb agents and arms control researcher. the actual spy swap took place in vienna, austria. one russian analyst says even though it was a lopsided exchange of ten for four, the u.s. got the better deal. >> i think the swap was quite pragmatic for the until. we gave up -- for the united states. we gave up a spy ring here that didn't seem to do great damage to u.s. national security. in exchange we received a number of potentially high level, highly valuable russian intelligence officers. >> reporter: the f
to the cold war. u.s. officials appear on the verge of swapping alleged agents with moscow. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. pete, round up the usual suspects. we're suddenly still have spies in moscow and handle this case? >> reporter: well, so it would appear. we can't say that for 100% certain and sure looks that way now. there are two sort of things happening. the first is the defendants have all been brought together in new york for a hearing today. they could well plead guilty. this is a very fast-moving case. the government just filed the indictment against them yesterday after the earlier criminal charges filed. they will be in court. first chance to plead and may plead guilty. if that happens, then we go to step two which is at least in the works a swap. those ten, perhaps not all, but most of those ten in exchange for ten people held in russia charged by the russians with spying for the u.s. now, on the old days, chuck, they would have been brought to the bridge of spies in berlin but that's no longer a divided city and could be happening very fast in vienna. a man
in austria. the u.s. says this is a good deal for them. even though it was four people given to the u.s. and ten given to russia. the four were much more high value. they were in failing health. the u.s. was eager to get them out of harsh confinement. it does send the message you say that the u.s. will try to stand by people who aid the west. and finally, the ten here never gain anything of value to value. they were sending people who never made much of a dent. for that reason, there was no great justice department interest in having them serve any time. they were available to send back. this was a great opportunity to get these four out is the way the u.s. ultimately looks at it. then, also, it wipes the slate clean of what had become an irritant in an effort to improve relations between the u.s. and russia. >> and exactly on that point, the attorney general eric holder was out here and we had a chance to talk with him briefly and this was his response. >> we wanted to make sure that we did this as quickly as we could so we didn't have any kind of ongoing negative impact between the go
, their history -- the roots. i am incredibly proud of being a u.s. citizen and having been born in mexico. a few years ago, i was talking to a writer from chile, and she was telling me that for many years, she was having these conflicts. she did not know if she was from chile or if she was from the united states. she felt that she needed to choose, and then, 9/11 game, and she realized she did not have to choose, that she could be at the same time from the united states and from chile. i do not have to chose. i can be from both, and i am very proud to be from both countries. >> "dying to cross," which was written after the victoria, texas, where the 19 people died? >> 19 people died trying to get into the united states. >> you are writing this, the mexican government has never under any administration in any type of serious effort to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants to the north, never. that is because it was not and is not in the country's best interest. the main focus of prism vincente fox's a little campaign was about crossing the border illegally, but the end result was nothing more
under way between the u.s. and south korea. rising tensions on the korean peninsula tonight. >> plus,. >> then i realized what happens in vegas will be webcast, will be tweeted by 2,000 of you but i'm grateful to the chance to talk to you. >> what is happening in vegas? the politics in november with hundred days to the election. >> and a death-defying escape for a fighter pilot, went that a ball of flames and his survival story and amazing video and pictures straight ahead. >> but we begin with breaking news now. we are keeping a close eye on a situation in iowa. sweax are underway right now after a dam failed that is being called catastrophic. 300 foot section of the dam opened up sending a cascade of water downstream. at least half of the 700 residents of home were evacuated. flooding is also expected in the neighboring communities. officials don't know if the entire dam will give way but all residents in low-lying areas have been ordered to leave their homes immediately. the dam sits on the mccrocada river and we'll keep you posted of developments. >> day 96 the national disaster
will plead guilty to being unregistered russian agents in the u.s. and agree to leave the country. now, our understanding, andrea, is this will not be a one-for-one exchange. they'll leave and go back to russia and in return, the russians will send probably three or four people that the u.s. would like to get back or get to the u.s., people who have been charged with spying for the united states in russia. we know one of them, igor sutyagin who was convicted six years ago, sentenced to 15 years of providing what the russians said was classified information to the u.s., something he has always denied. but we don't know the identity of all of them. but that's apparently how this is going to happen, andrea. if it does go ahead as planned, it's very possible that the ten in the u.s. coulding on a plane by tonight. >> this is just amazing, pete, for those of us who covered the disdents and how we were making exchanges back then, months and months of secret negotiations and hot line conversations. this is really almost instantaneous. it says a lot about the new open relationship. >> reporter: i t
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russian spies on the tarmac in moscow. the u.s. attorney conforms the largest u.s.-russia spy exchange since the cold war is a success. we have a live report. patti ann: in the middle box, sarah palin releases a brand new campaign-style ad. is it a sign she'll run for president in 2012. jon: forget how much is the doingy in the window, a proposed new law in one city that would ban pets, almost all of them. a major u.s. city considering the measure. patti ann: take a look at our newsroom, breaking news coming in from across the country and around the world. jon: president obama is in nevada to talk about green jobs and to help raise money for senate majority leader harry reid. the president, hosting a fund-raiser last night in las vegas, telling the crowd he needs senator reid's help in washington. reid is struggling in his reelection campaign against republican sharron angle a. tea party favorite. anita vogel streaming live from las vegas. will president obama's visit help or hurt harry reid here, anita? >> hi there jon. probably both. harry reid needs the president's help in vegas, ne
>> shannon: shades of the cold war as the u.s. and russia agree to exchange accused spies. global bankers tell president obama to raise your taxes. does the president's promise that healthcare reform will not add to the deficit have any basis in reality? live from the studio in washington, this is special report. good evening, i'm shannon bream in for bret baier. what is reported as the largest spy swap between u.s. and russia since the cold war is set to be in motion. correspondent david lee miller is following the cloak and dagger action from new york. good evening, david. >> hello, shannon. it's official now, the spy swap is now underway, ten spies convicted in the united states will be traded for four russians incarcerated there. allegedly spying for the west. the action unfolded a shortime ago in lower manhattan. all ten accused spies arrested last month pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to add to the foreign agent for russian federation and for that crime, they face a maximum of five years but they were each sentenced to time served and deportation and a short period of
drama that started with the arrests nearly two weeks ago now has ended with a flight out of the u.s. and a spy swap straight out of the movies. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. well, pete, i'm sure you're sorry to see this story go. tell us how it went down in the final hours. >> still a bit up in the air quite rit rally because the ten russian spies on their way to russia. the plane left new york last night. landed in vienna this morning meeting the plane from russia carrying the four exchanged to the west. they were swapped on the tarmac and then both planes took off. the russian plane now on its way with the ten and some of their children, savannah. american authorities worked out with the russians that the couples that had children here in the u.s. could take their children with them. the children are, of course, american citizens born here and free to come back. the ten agreed as part of the plea eagreement to not enter th u.s. without permission. they gave the real names in their real russian names. admitted to a single charge that they were secret agents. they we
. that is >> good morning everyone, it's sunday, july 25th, two u.s. service members are missing in afghanistan at this hour. we'll have a live report straight ahead with the latest breaking details for you. >> and bp getting back to work trying to plug the oil spill after tropical weather fizzled out and tony hayward might have one foot out the door. >> and a dam fails after heavy water, gushing down to the down below. our slogan this hour comes from chas in maryland, fox is the best and we all know why, we have aly, clayton and eric who doesn't need a tie. it's "fox & friends". >> did you message, did you mail chas? >> for the record. >> that's eric bolling, ladies and gentlemen, let's give him a round of applause, dave briggs is off at a wedding and i'm clayton morris and alisyn camerota. we have a lot of news. >> new information regarding the whereabouts of two missing u.s. navy service members in afghanistan and connor powell joins us live from kandahar, what is the latest, connor? >> well, good morning, the u.s. military says they have launched an extensive air and ground search for the t
of a stale mated policy and warning u.s. credibility as a mediated. sadly the author's assessment can be applied elsewhere around the world. it seems president obama and the administration as a whole have struggled to find its voice when it comes to the promotion and protection of basic human rights and religious freedom. in these most cherished ideals which are at the heart of the american experiment have been sidelineded by this administration's policy. this is difficult for people who yes or no to freedom and look to america to be their advocates. looking back to sudan in a nation i visited in 1989 and most recently in 2004 when senator brownback and i were the first congressional delegation to go to darfur, i remained concerned that the country is headed to a civil war if the u.s. fails to exert its necessary leadership. while there are certainly times i was critical of the bush administration's policy, it is indisputeable that president bush and former special enjoy danforth were not having the comprehensive c.p.a. brought about the end of a brutal civil war which two million per
responding to claims that the report will put the lives of u.s. troops at risk. >> i think it's too early to say yet. it's clear that it will shave an understanding of what the past six years of war last been like, and that the costs of the what are needs to change, the manner in which it needs to change is not yet clear. bill: we are digging keeper on that today. it's a major headline. i'm bill hemmer. martha has vacation. >> reporter: i'm in for her. the move is sparking anger from the pentagon to the white house. gym jones is calling it irresponsible sphao fox news has not confirmed the ahh then advertise a see of the reports but they are sending ripples throughout washington. some of the most damaging aspects of the leaked documents are what, mike. >> reporter: bill, juliet good morning. the most damaging aspect is pointing the finger at pakistan over its roll helping the taliban. the isi is accused of aiding and in some cases funding the inch insurgency against u.s. troops in afghanistan. in the 91,000 documents covering january 2004 to december 2009 is some revolutions about perhaps
for the worst disaster in u.s. oil history, posting a record $17 billion loss, in only three months' time. wow, that is not easy to do. now it will sell some assets to cover cost and obligations in the gulf which are plenty. stuart varney, stuart, good morning to you, what are they going to sell? >> they're going to sell smaller, older oil fields to the value of $30 billion. that's how much money they're going to need to bring in to stop paying for the cleanup. so bp the company is the obvious financial loser at first glance. look deeper, the u.k. government is also a big loser, it will take in about $10 billion less in tax from bp over the next four years. shareholders, they're also losers here, there are going to be no dividend payments at leastum next year. now, tony hayward, you could obviously say he's a loser in the sense he's lost his job and certainly his reputation but he leaves financially in tact. he will take with him to russia is a job, a -- 1 million pounds, $1.6 million in salary, his pension fund of roughly 17, $18 million will be available to him in full in two years, when he
a thrilling story out of a spy novel itself. and it seemed like the priority here was u.s./russia relations. the question outstanding is what kind of threat does russia pose with its espionage against the united states? >> let's step back for a second and understand that i think this is a great credit to our law enforcement. we made arrests, law enforcement community made arrests. these individuals have been monitored for quite some time. they tried but they never got classified information and intelligence. and now they've left the country, which again is a big win for our law enforcement community. i set that aside. i think our relationship with russia is no doubt improving if you look at where it was just a few years ago. the economic discussions that were had recently and progress made in reducing nuclear weapons and hopefully we'll get a treaty through senate this summer that will further reduce nuclear weapons means our security is stronger and safer and our relationship is stronger. >> more broadly on foreign policy. i can remember back two years ago as you can july of 2008 the presi
sleeper agents have been sent back to russia. in exchange, the u.s. is receiving four men accused by moscow of spying for the west. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is live for us in washington. pete, i've been watching you cover this thing minute by minute. i don't know how you can catch your breath. this has happened so quickly. >> reporter: well, and it's all over now. the plane carrying the ten russians from u.s. landed in vienna. they got off, landed, the four from russia landed in vienna earlier today. that plane has landed in the united kingdom where those four agents accused -- convicted of spying for the u.s. and western agencies in russia will be deep death briefed by british and american officials before some of them, probably not all of them, eventually come to the u.s. but that's a ways away. they'll stay a while in the uk for this rest period. so it's finally over, tamron. now some of the ten, at least one of them, at least, will not stay in russia. that is what their lawyers say. at least one of them, originally from peru, intends to go back to peru and the
from the pentagon. mick, such a fascinating story. iran claimed this scientist was abducted. the u.s. says that isn't what happened. what's going on here? >> savannahs, even in the an nals of spydom this sister roy is somewhat bizarre. this iranian nuclear scientist, shar ran amiri disappeared with a year ago. he turned up here in the u.s. where he reportedly shared some of the secrets of iran's nuclear weapons program with u.s. government officials. iran claimed as you said that amiri had actually been kidnapped and tortured by the cia. but even as late as yesterday, secretary of state hillary clinton denied that saying amir riff here of his own free will and could leave at any time. all that played out as amiri showed up at the iranian intersection here in washington earlier this week saying he wanted to return to iran and as far as we know, he is on his way this morning. what makes this case strange is over the course of the past several months, amiri released three videos, one saying he was kidnapped and tortured, the second saying he was attending graduate school voluntarily in
. doing $1 million in annual sales to the u.s. alone. why isn't bp using this peat moss to soak up part of the spill? the owner of the peat moss company telling that newspaper bp has informed him it cannot use it it because the oil giant would not then be able to retrieve the oil afterwards. you may translate that as, the oil giant would not be able to sell the oil afterwards. bp and it's co-conspirators gaining from previously unreported tax benefits. it's allowed to write off the rent it paid to transocean that owned deep water horizon in order to lease the oil rig. that saves bp hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. transocean having fled first to the cayman islands and switzerland to lower its corporate tax bill by almost 15%. the center for american progress counting nine different subsidies that the u.s. government gives to an industry that makes more than any other industry, including, refunds for drilling costs and refunds for searching for oil. subsidies make up 88% of all federal subsidies, just cutting the oil and gas subsidies out would save the u.s. government $45 billio
harrowing look at war amid a changing u.s. strategy. and for their lives against a mobile enemy fighting on home turf in the desolate mountains of afghanistan. what a story. that's "hardball for now" thanks for being with us. >>> "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. >>> which of these stories will be you talking about tomorrow? a criminal act. that's what the obama administration calls the publishing of thousands of secret afghanistan war documents on the internet. >> it poses a very real and potential threat to those that are working hard every day to keep us safe. >> tonight the story of the documents. how did they surface and what they say about the war effort with martin who broke the story in "the new york times." also, richard wolffe on the new pressures on the commander in chief, and this knocks the white house off message. >>> forget safety first. it's pr first for bp, as tony hayward prepares to be banished to siberia, literally. what about the man responsible for actual safety for the company? will no win big in november? the gop is counting on it, but de
and that would be the u.s. part of the spy swap, the russians would send then people here to the u.s. we don't know exactly how many would be sent to the u.s. in return. in cold war style spy swap. but it certainly does appear that, you no he, the plea negotiations are -- have moved ahead sufficiently that they can try to get this done this afternoon when the ten appear in federal court. >> all right. we'll be watching for that court hearing, as i said, later this afternoon. pete, thank you. >> you bet. >> my big question today, is russia a bigger threat than we realize. share your thoughts on twitter, facebook or e-mail if you have thoughts about how the spy swap is going or memories of cold war, go ahead, give me a shout. >>> part of a global plot targeting other countries. the attorney general called that plot one the most dangerous since 9/11. it was part of a larger conspiracy by al qaeda that included a plan to target mass transknit england and we're getting new details this hour about arrests in norway. first, the three under arrest are suspected members of al qaeda, second, police sa
the president approved swapping the suspects and the u.s. gave russians names of the four it wanted release. the attorney for the accused spy -- the attorney for the woman who went by the name anna chapman talking the case. robert bond says her crimes were minor. >> she was passing without being specific, never identified the government and the messages, if they were identified would have been very trivial everyday information. no secrets whatsoever. >> the prosecutor said the case was devastating. >> i think they like to say that about every case. >> shepard: he also said chapman would have prefered to stay in the united states and said she is now headed back to moscow. david lee miller in the new york newsroom. what can you tell us about the four men russia sent to the west? >> we know enough to say it looks like the u.s. came on top in this deal. analysts a lopsided arrangement. we sent 10, four came back. looks like the four could be in the spies' hall of fame. let me give the quick laundry list. the one we've heard the most about recently a physicist convicted of spying for the united
is one of the four bridges to across between the u.s. and mexico. that's the only one still closed for pedestrian foot traffic. two of the three bridges closed this morning, two have reopened including the world trade bridge, where half of all mexican commerce and trade passes between the countries. the river crested last night. the highest level in 45 years that you mentioned. third highest crest on record. the flood stage is 8 feet. as the water re-credes we get to say what it is leaving behind. a little bit of rain today but then back to texas weather. 95 to 100 and sunny skies. today is nice and refreshing, not bad on the ramp to the river which should be going into a shopping mall. >>> bp could change out the cap on the leaking well tomorrow. the obama administration says cold weather could speed up the plans to get a new cap on. it could contain more oil but means oil will flow unrestricted for a period of time while they make the switch. volunteers are moving 50,000 sea turtle eggs from the west coast of florida to the east coast. they want to give them a fighting chance at
. >> they have more skimmers in place now. they are using the assets available to the u.s. government as well as those offered by the foreign governments. i asked are we doing anything to open our arms to invitations made from the other countries? >> i was unimpressed with the answer. >> right now they don't have enough skimmers on board. there is no urgency. >> darrell issa accused obama administration publicizing facts and figures at odds with the reality on the ground and blurring the spill severity, asset in play and when they were deployed. >> he purports to address that somehow it took the command 70 days to accept international help. that is a myth that's been debunked hundreds of times. i stood up here and talked to you frankly and given you the numbers we have. > >> they acknowledge the own figures of government assistance are at odds with each other. >> the numbers i have that admiral allen deployed are looking for divergence. we'll provide the explanation. >> reporter: on youtube, they said the company is going above and beyond to meet the obligation. >> i know it doesn't feel that
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with the general. i talked with afghan police officers and civilians. i talked to members of the u.s. military here all the way down to a private first class. people on the guns at the front lines of those police check points around kandahar city. they've been very willing to talk. the ground rules have been very, very open. and i think that what they essentially want the media to be able to convey of what they've been doing is nuisanced. not just offensive to offensive to offensive. they have a governance piece that explains that deadline and that explains most of what they do every day. >> you know, two things that jumped out at me in "the rolling stone" piece that we have not talked about enough but general mcchrystal's assessment of marjah and doing government in a box and second part was some quotes from some soldiers who didn't like general mcchrystal's rules of engagement. after talking with folks on the ground in kandahar, what have you heard and what they want general petraeus to do? second, what have they learned from marjah they think they can do better in kandahar? >> two really good qu
, only just beginning. new, live reaction. stand by. >>> president obama declares a u.s. bond with israel unbreakable. this hour, the public show of support for prime minister netanyahu. >>> and queen elizabeth as you rarely see her. taking the international stage right here in the united states. we're standing by for her visit to the site of the 9/11 terror attacks. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> breaking news right now. president obama using the full legal force of the united states government to try to stop one state's crackdown on illegal immigration. the justice department filing that highly anticipated lawsuit against arizona and against the arizona governor, jan brewer, just a short while ago. this law prompted widespread protests since governor brewer signed it in april. it requires police to question people suspected of being in the u.s. illegally. the suit doesn't challenge the particulars of the law. it challenges arizona's authority to pass it. let's bring in our senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. the justice depa
different subsidies that the u.s. government gives including refunds for drilling costs and refunds for searching for oil. subsidies make up 88% of all federal subsidies, just cutting the oil and gass subsidies out would save the u.s. government $45 billion every year. from the outrageous to the absurd, it proved today that during the 1970s bp put its name on a board game called offshore oil strike about the thrills of drilling. rediscovered by the uk metro newspaper, the game clearly never rivalled monopoly, but the parallels between it and the current disaster nothing if not eerie. the rules are this according to boardgamegeek.com. two to four players compete in the north sea exploring for oil, building platforms and laying pipelines to bring offshore oil back to the player's home company. first player to make 120 million wins, but they have to avoid dreaded hazard cards which read blow out, rig damaged, oil slick clean upcost, pay $1 million. how quaint. time to call in oil and gas industry veteran bob cavnar. thanks for your time again tonight. >> good evening, keith. thanks hav
they in the u.s. illegally this is the 7th lawsuit filed against arizona law since it was passed. >> julie kurtz live in washington, thanks so much. >>> very tense moments and it happened this week in nevada. two small aircraft violated the president's air space. you know what happens when that happens. the first incident friday morning after 7:00 local time. norad scrambling two f-16's to intercept a cessna 210. those jets escorting that plane to north las vegas airport. a half hour later a expect plane. president obama was in vegas, stumping for senate majority leader harry reid also making a speech there on the economy. >>> speaking of which, major war of words shaping up in the nevada senate battle between majority leader harry reid hand tea party favorite sharron angle the republican candidate. saying many of angle's stances are too extreme. angle hitting back calling reid a desperate man trying to hit girl. those were her words. angle has lost some steam in the polls since winning the gop primary. does harry reid have a point about her ability to appeal to mainstream voters? joining me mar
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